sperm whale

From: Greg Early (gregearly@downeast.net)
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 10:05:13 EST


Actually sperm whales are listed as endangered worldwide. It is thought
that sperm whales cover a large amount of ocean for their territory so it is
likely that the whales found off of Texas are a part of a larger population.
The last good count of spermwhales was in the 1940's and at that time there
were about 2 million of them worldwide. Scientists are not sure how many
are around now, but the general feeling is than it is a bit less than that
estimate (around 1.8 million or so). Most of the loss of sperm whales has
been because of hunting, first in the mid to late 1800's but Yankee whalers
form the northeast US, and later into the 1950's and 60's by other nations
when the numbers of baleen whales began to drop. Sperm whale populations
probably grow very slowly, so it is a bit hard to say if they are continuing
to have trouble recovering.

ge

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  Subject: sperm whale

  Are sperm whales endangered on the Texas coast? If so what causes it and
how many are there now?



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